Race for Governor 2010

Jerry Brown, former governor and current attorney general, has long been a friend to working people, advocating for workers’ rights and justice on the job. The Democratic nominee has also been a stalwart supporter of public education, and he signed the Rodda Act into law, which allowed classified school employees to collectively bargain contracts.

The CSEA Board of Directors has endorsed Brown for governor. Association President Allan Clark said Brown has the experience and know-how to help solve the problems facing California.

“Jerry Brown is a friend to CSEA and public education. He signed the law that allowed classified employees the right to bargain our contracts,” Clark said. “With his election, we can work together to return California to the prosperity it once had.”

Brown said that if he is elected governor, he will engage CSEA to confront the issues facing schools, on both state and local levels.

“You have my commitment to work with you as we struggle through this unprecedented and uncertain period,” Brown said.

Brown was elected governor of California in 1974 and reelected in 1978. During his tenure, California built up the largest state surplus ever. His eight years in office are generally considered among the most innovative in California history. He established the first agricultural labor relations law in the country, started the California Conservation Corp, signed into permanent law the California Coastal Protection Act, brought about the country’s first building and appliance energy efficiency standards and made California the leader in solar and alternative energy.

Republican nominee Meg Whitman spent an unprecedented $81 million just to win the June primary. The former eBay CEO is already taking aim at state jobs and the California Public Employees’ Retirement System. Like Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Whitman has absolutely no political experience—she rarely even voted in most elections.

Whitman was also kicked off the Goldman Sachs board of directors for violating ethical standards—the same company that received government bailout money and paid exorbitant bonuses to executives in what has become a portrait of corporate abuse. Somehow, Whitman’s ethical conduct did not meet the standards of Goldman Sachs.

Whitman has made it clear that she intends to gut state government and run it like a corporation. Don’t let that happen. Support Jerry Brown for governor and work to rebuild California’s future.

Comparing the candidates on the issues:

Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman don’t agree about much when it comes to issues facing the state. Below is a comparison of their views on issues important to classified employees.

Job Security

Brown: Jerry Brown has always stood up for working people, especially when he signed the Rodda Act into law, which provided classified employees with the right to collectively bargain.  Whitman: Meg Whitman has already proposed laying off 40,000 state workers to balance the budget.


Retirement Security

Jerry Brown supports defined-benefit pensions, such as CalPERS, rather than 401k-style pensions
Meg Whitman has proposed eliminating pensions and forcing all public employees into 401k plans. She said the era of a defined-benefit program is over.



Jerry Brown believes in healthcare reform with an aim toward universal coverage. He has said any reform should have serious and effective cost containment, and viable financing.
Meg Whitman said that California should move to block the federal healthcare reform signed into law in March.



 Jerry Brown supports the use of full-time, permanent state workers because they provide the consistency and stability needed. He opposes the repeal of SB 1419, which prohibits the contracting-out of classified jobs.
Whitman has proposed contracting-out work in various state departments to private corporations. She supports the repeal of SB 1419.


Allyson Holt

CSEA Chapter President,


RPAC, Region 22, Area H